Safety Checklist for Lincoln Motorcycle Riders

Safety Checklist for Lincoln Motorcycle Riders

I’m Ed Smith, a Lincoln Motorcycle accident lawyer. As all motorcycle riders know, safety is crucial when the bike is in motion. There’s only so much a motorcycle rider can do on their own to protect themselves when on the roads. Here is an important safety checklist for Lincoln motorcycle riders to follow each time the asphalt is under their feet.

Safety Checklist for Lincoln Motorcycle Riders

Proper Licensing Required

Even though a driver’s license issued in one state is valid in the rest of the country, licensing to operate a motorcycle is much different. You cannot use your driver’s license to operate a motorcycle. A motorcycle license endorsement is required to legally operate a motorcycle in the state of California. To acquire the endorsement you will need to pass a written test first. The next step is to take and pass a skills test while on your motorcycle. The state agency administers both tests.

Practice Operating the Motorcycle

Prior to operating your motorcycle in traffic, Lincoln motorcycle riders should practice operating the bike away from the public. You can do this in a controlled area, such as a private lot or parking lot that is empty. Not every motorcycle handles the same, which is why you must familiarize yourself with the bike, especially if it is brand new or if you’ve never ridden it. It’s a good idea to practice operating the bike in wet conditions and with a rider in order to know how the handling will change.

Pre-Ride Safety Checks

As an extra precaution against being in a Lincoln motorycle accident, do a pre-ride safety check. Each time you take your motorcycle out of the garage for a ride, even if it’s only around the block, you should check it for safety issues. All the following items must be checked prior to each ride:

  • Tire pressure and treads
  • Headlights and signal indicators
  • Foot and hand brakes
  • Fluid levels

If you find any issues, be sure to fix them before operating the motorcycle. You could be preventing an accident that could cause serious injury or death.

Wear the Right Protection

The state of California requires all Lincoln motorcycle riders to wear a helmet when operating a bike. You should purchase and wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. All of these approved helmets will have the DOT symbol on the back of the helmet. Helmets that meet this standard weigh roughly three pounds, have a sturdy chin strap and feature polystyrene foam lining. A motorcycle helmet should fit on your head properly so that it does not fall off during a motorcycle accident.

Operate Drug and Alcohol-Free

Always operate your motorcycle free of drugs and alcohol. Even prescribed medications can alter your state of mind and your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. Even when a motorcycle rider is not under the influence, he or she can still struggle with predicting or anticipating the moves of other vehicles and pedestrians.

Know the Local Laws

No matter where you ride your motorcycle you should know the local laws. Make it a point to research the traffic laws everywhere you ride, including the speed limits. Always obey the traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs and adhere to lane markings.

Lincoln Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Lincoln motorcycle accident lawyer. Injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident can be life changing, if not deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Lincoln motorcycle accident, please contact me for free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

I have been practicing personal injury law for 35 years, helping victims of motorcycle accidents in Lincoln and elsewhere across the state of California obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Victims and their families have put their unwavering trust in me for three decades.

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